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Central Executive Committee to meet over food prices

By Melanie Aanyu

President Museveni has revealed that his ruling National Resistance Movement party’s top organ—the Central Executive Committee or CEC—will meet this week to discuss the issue of runaway commodity prices.

In his Easter message, Mr Museveni said he “will discuss with the caucus the issue of the high commodity prices” .

A statement presented to Parliament by the junior Trade (Industry) minister, David Bahati made clear the government’s plans to support farmers to grow more food and vegetable seeds and cereals to ensure sufficient domestic supply and also boost export earnings.

It further stated that the government is fast-tracking the implementation of Parish Development Model to increase production of strategic commodities for domestic consumption and export.

The statement also said the government will continue to provide a free and fair competitive environment to support continuous supply of fuel.

The government will also work with the private sector to expand alternative fuel import routes across Lake Victoria to avoid unnecessary supply disruptions.